CNET First Look
Plaster Networks PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet AdapterThe PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter is a convenient way to extend your network via the electrical wiring. However, its bulky size and lack of a power passthrough socket might steer away home owners with cramped power outlets.
>>Wireless networking is great but sometimes even the most powerful router cannot get signal to that far and obscure corner of your basement, this is when you need to resort to a power line adapter which help extend your network via the electrical wiring of your house. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and this is the pair of PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet adapter from Plaster Networks is a mouth full and a tongue twister, I know. Note that in order to have a power line connection, you need at least two adapters; one to connect to the router or network hub and the other to the device at the far corner. The PLN3 has two Ethernet ports. This means, out of the box, it can host two devices that the far end. It's rather big, however and doesn't come with a power cord which has two prongs. This means you need to snap it on the receptacle and because of its size, it may obstruct adjacent to power outlets. In Powerline's adapter the prongs work both at power and data connector and for this reason, generally they don't work very well with surge protectors or power strips. So, make sure you have at least two world sockets at the corner you want to extend you network to. What makes the PLN3 different from the other power line adapters is the fact that it comes with an online service that allows for managing the connection viewer internet. The service enables you to view the startus, password and son on. It's free to use for one-year and costs $30 per year after that. The PLN3 is HomePlug AV-compliant meaning it will work with any other HomePlug AV power adapter from other networking vendors. However, we find that it's always much easier to setup when you use power line adapters from the same vendor. It's the same for the PLN3. When these two units are used together creating a network is as easy as taking a walk in the park. Well, or in the house for that matter. We had no problem and we believe none of you will. The municipal form where in our testing offering speed equivalent to that of a wireless end router. Note that the performance changed depending on the electrical wiring of your home. The PLN3 costs around $90 each but Plaster Network will knock off $30 if you buy two at a time. For more information on its performance and power line networking in general, check out the in depth review at CNET.com. Once again my name is Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet adapter from Plaster Networks.